Window to the Movies

Window to the Movies is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jeffrey Chen
Rating Title/Year Author
7/10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Jeffrey Chen The successful run of a franchise such as this is truly a rare feat in Hollywood. Take a bow, folks. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2011
7/10 Source Code (2011) Jeffrey Chen Duncan Jones's sophomore film, Source Code, is an assured second step into the realm of thoughtful science fiction. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2011
5/10 The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Jeffrey Chen Eventually the whole thing feels a little too silly to be able to take any of its inherent concerns meaningfully. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2011
7/10 Rango (2011) Jeffrey Chen Kudos to the director for making it as oddball as it could get away with. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2011
4/10 Red Riding Hood (2011) Jeffrey Chen Like Twilight, makes the shallow desire to run away with a boy the heroine's main concern. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2011
8/10 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) Jeffrey Chen One to absorb, to wonder at, and, perhaps most significantly, to give exposure to lines of thinking that one might not be familiar with. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2011
8/10 Another Year (2010) Jeffrey Chen [Observes] the thin lines and acute angles which separate well-adjusted people on a continuing path of contentment from the less fortunate ones who live lives of regret and desperation. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2011
6/10 Biutiful (2010) Jeffrey Chen Even though this movie piles it on, I can see its positive values and the potential it would have to reach the hearts of its audience. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2011
5/10 The Green Hornet (2011) Jeffrey Chen Derivative of several molds and unable to really take command of any of them. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2011
7/10 Megamind (2010) Jeffrey Chen Would be lost in the crowd, perhaps deservedly so, if it didn't pull aces on its execution. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2011
7/10 Blue Valentine (2010) Jeffrey Chen From the movie's standpoint, [its story] is a common tragedy that deserves acknowledgment and pity, and it pulls absolutely no punches in sharing its view. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
5/10 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) Jeffrey Chen The lead kids here have their charms, and while the film is functional it lacks distinction and a passionate sense of drive. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
4/10 The Tourist (2010) Jeffrey Chen Depp and Jolie together create a chemical black hole. They couldn't produce sparks with dry hair and a comb. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2011
7/10 Animal Kingdom (2010) Jeffrey Chen Michôd takes familiar material and approaches it with less emphasis on the sensational and more on the surreal atmosphere of accepted dread. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2011
7/10 Fair Game (2010) Jeffrey Chen A drama about the cost of idealism and sticking to your guns in order to bring truth to the light. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2011
7/10 The Next Three Days (2010) Jeffrey Chen Haggis somehow pulls off a delicate balancing act -- a gravity-bound fantasy scenario -- showing us John's desperate, dark, human need while playing out made-for-movie scenes. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2011
7/10 Unstoppable (2010) Jeffrey Chen Scott subdues his more stylized tendencies to deliver the kind of meat-and-potatoes action thriller that might very well be watched and enjoyed by the heroic blue collar characters in this movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2011
3/10 My Soul to Take (2010) Jeffrey Chen Is it just possible that Craven fumbled the ball this time and gave us the equivalent of a fairly amateur teen horror flick? EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2011
7/10 Easy A (2010) Jeffrey Chen It does get by on lively energy, a creativity in its writing, and a star turn by Stone. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2011
8/10 The Illusionist (2010) Jeffrey Chen To give Tati his posthumous chance to express a very sad story may have been Chomet's only true course, and, to be honest, the film is beautifully, thoughtfully realized. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2011
6/10 Four Lions (2009) Jeffrey Chen The comedy is as black as can be, both silly and sharp ... It just doesn't quite succeed in its Dr. Strangelove-inspired goal. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2011
8/10 White Material (2009) Jeffrey Chen Vial is presented as a complex character who feels she's been backed against a wall, and on the one hand we can see where she's coming from, but on the other hand we might think she's just nuts. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2011
9/10 Marwencol (2010) Jeffrey Chen Speaks to the addictiveness, the catharsis, the unpredictability, and the eternity of the creative process. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2011
7/10 Sweetgrass (2009) Jeffrey Chen The movie is decidedly no frills, and it both lives and dies by this strict adherence to its protocol. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2011
9/10 Vincere (2009) Jeffrey Chen The events occur not to tell a narrative, but to illustrate an emotional progress. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2011
8/10 Fish Tank (2009) Jeffrey Chen Reveals the incidental arrival of the first trickles of emerging maturity. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2011
8/10 Enter the Void (2009) Jeffrey Chen The discipline on display here, to stick with concept and to execute it with consistency, is intense and considerable. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2011
3/10 Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) Jeffrey Chen The law of diminishing returns rears its ugly, ugly head with Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth movie in a series that is going absolutely nowhere. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2011
6/10 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) Jeffrey Chen Those who see [Gordon Gekko] as an antihero worthy of redemption might find this kinder, gentler Wall Street worth sitting through. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2011
6/10 Salt (2010) Jeffrey Chen Salt's urgency drains as it goes ... Just enjoy watching Jolie roll through her stunts, then -- a good time can possibly still be had by all. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2011
7/10 Despicable Me (2010) Jeffrey Chen The main goal in Despicable Me is to tell this story with as little sap as possible, and on that it fares well. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2011
6/10 The Other Guys (2010) Jeffrey Chen Not all of the gags pan out, but when they do they get more than a few chuckles. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2011
7/10 Carlos (2010) Jeffrey Chen It's obviously not meant to be funny, but in a way it is. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2011
5/10 Knight and Day (2010) Jeffrey Chen An incidental romance punctuated with out-of-one's-element humor and computer-assisted chase sequences, wholly weightless. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2011
8/10 Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009) Jeffrey Chen Carries the mystique of Walt Disney, whose animated features can be regarded as a genetic line with ups and downs as compellingly dramatic as the history of royal families. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2011
7/10 Freakonomics (2010) Jeffrey Chen A lighthearted plea to the audience to try to think outside the box when it comes to matters of causality. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2011
5/10 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) Jeffrey Chen Perhaps the most watchable entry in the Twilight series so far, it's still saddled with the most cipher-like heroine of all time. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2010
7/10 The King's Speech (2010) Jeffrey Chen Gains its mileage from likable characters being played by fine actors, and ends up as another example of formula polished to a bright shine. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2010
5/10 Eat Pray Love (2010) Jeffrey Chen [Takes] itself too seriously, even while it contains all the trappings of one of the most lighthearted movie genres, the 'travel romance' or 'travel therapy' movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2010
8/10 Let Me In (2010) Jeffrey Chen What becomes apparent is how well the story stands up, and how it still wreaks havoc with our moral compasses. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2010
6/10 Waiting for Superman (2010) Jeffrey Chen I'd suggest watching the movie just to be able to get a picture of what's going on in your head, and then following up with further research afterwards. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2010
6/10 Tron: Legacy (2010) Jeffrey Chen A minor guilty pleasure for me because the film really has very little to offer outside of shallow pleasures. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2010
7/10 The Fighter (2010) Jeffrey Chen A well-made movie, one I enjoyed overall, but it may be unfortunate that, while I watched this movie, I happened to find myself particularly vulnerable to formula fatigue. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2010
7/10 The Town (2010) Jeffrey Chen The movie's thrills are old-fashioned and assured. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2010
6/10 Shrek Forever After (2010) Jeffrey Chen Reveals an urge by the filmmakers to wipe the slate clean, as large an admission that the series is out of ideas as one could get. That said, all involved do try to make the most of it. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2010
7/10 Hereafter (2010) Jeffrey Chen Eastwood effectively taps into a well of our common feelings -- fear of death, the numbing shock of being aware of our mortality, and, most largely, the desperate need for closure. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2010
5/10 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) Jeffrey Chen Had everything it needed to be unique, but instead it emerges as unmemorable and run-of-the-mill. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2010
7/10 127 Hours (2010) Jeffrey Chen Never really loses that feeling that it's mostly made up of dressing around a harrowing circumstance. But I will admit once you're comfortable with it being what it is, it's effective. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2010
4/10 The Last Airbender (2010) Jeffrey Chen As far as children's entertainment goes (and it is children's entertainment), it could be a lot worse. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2010
9/10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) Jeffrey Chen Yates has been building his version of this world for two movies now, and he rightfully doesn't let up. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2010